Negaunee Township measured 24 inches of snowfall Wednesday, BREAKING A 1974 RECORD of 12 inches. In Houghton County, Painesdale was hit the hardest with a storm total of 38 inches. "The extended winds we've had have been pretty incredible in this storm." The snowfall total was the second-largest 24-hour total in their history. Spring storms are not uncommon, but an April storm with these winds and snowfall accumulation is UNUSUAL. "We've had spring storms like this, but this is RARE for April."
OHIO - Newly planted vegetables, recently sprouted flowers and fresh fruit tree blooms were thriving in balmy 80-degree weather just a couple of days ago. Now, that springtime bounty faces damage, or even death, from a sharp blast of Canadian air that is plunging temperatures into the 20s for several nights. The cold wave may hurt this year's peach, apple and cherry crops. While a sub-freezing night or two in April isn't unusual, a sustained cold snap in the 20s this time of year is. In two words, the sustained low temperatures are "NOT NORMAL," said the National Weather Service office in Wilmington. "Just like a few days ago when it was UNUSUAL to have temperatures in the 70s and 80s, it's not normal to have several nights in a row in the 20s." Average highs and lows this time of year are around 60 and 40. The cold is just the latest batch of UNUSUAL WEATHER over the past three months that has disrupted the normal pattern of plant life. "It all started back in January when we had unusually warm weather. I had daffodils blooming for three weeks in January. The problem is when plants have a warm January, they get tender and soft and that makes them more susceptible to cold damage. They think spring is here in January and start coming out of dormancy and get ready to grow. And then it turns cold." February's sustained temperatures around zero weakened the plants further. "Then we had a hot early spring and the plants came out again in all their glory. Now, with it getting really cold again, there could be a lot of blackened flowers and even blackened leaves."